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John Cusack movie premieres in Chicago

Friday, October 12, 2007

They were rolling out the red carpet Friday night for an actor who launched his career in Chicago. John Cusack joined the cast of his new movie, "Grace Is Gone" at the Music Box Theatre.

Cusack plays a man whose soldier-wife is killed while serving in Iraq. Two local actresses play the young girls the grieving father is left alone to raise.

Much of the film was shot in Chicago.

"The story that we're telling, this family experiencing a loss, they're really all over the country, but Chicago is a great town because it feels like every city in the country," Cusack said.

The film is part of the Chicago Film Festival, which honored Cusack with the Gold Hugo Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Cusack grew up in Evanston and trained along with sisters Joan and Ann at the Piven Theatre Workshop.

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